- 7 years ago
- Wedding: November 2010
My husband and I just returned from our honeymoon to St. Lucia and I thought I’d share our thoughts on it for anyone else who is planning their honeymoon there.This is the review I wrote on Trip Advisor:
Let me start by saying that after reading some of the negative reviews of the Regency, I was a little nervous that my husband and I would be spending 9 nights there for our Honeymoon. But now that we’re back, I am so glad we stayed there! We had an absolutely wonderful time staying at the Regency and would gladly go back.
We arrived in St. Lucia around 8:00 p.m. and the drive to the hotel took about an hour and fifteen minutes. St. Lucia is a very hilly and curvy island and there’s still a lot of destruction from the hurricane in October. Some of the roads go down to one lane and it was pretty nerve wrecking to drive anywhere on the island. If you go on tours and get car sick, make sure to take some dramamine before hand!
I’m going to start my review by saying that if you’re looking for an amazing hotel room so you can spend your entire trip in it, this probably isn’t for you. The rooms are pretty standard in terms of the bed and bathroom. They are clean, but you won’t find jacuzzi tubs and plush bedding in all of the rooms (I’m sure you will in the higher level rooms, but we stayed in a basic honeymoon suite). But, if you plan to just shower and sleep in the room, which we did, the rooms are just fine. They are cleaned every day and then the maids come around in the evening to turn down the bed for you and take any dirty towels you’ve used since the morning cleaning. The TV in our room was kind of old, but worked fine. I did hear that some of the rooms had flat screens though. We got a lot of channels, including HBO, which was nice for when we flipped it on while getting ready to go out for dinner.
The food at the Regency was great. For breakfast, we mostly ate at the main restaurant, the Pavillion, because the only other breakfast restaurant was way up the hill from the rest of the resort. It was a typical buffet breakfast with a made to order omelette station. The lunch options were much broader and the dinners were great. We were there for 9 nights and weren’t even able to eat at all of the restaurants we wanted to. We went to the Pier at the Halcyon one night and that was great as well. As many other posters, I’d highly recommend La Toc (we ate there twice). We ate at Kimono’s once and it was entertaining, but the food was pretty standard. Those are the two places you need reservations at and I’d recommend making them as soon as you arrive at the resort to guarantee a reservation within the time you’re there. On Fridays they have a street dance and serve a wide variety of foods and have local talent there. It’s really fun! Josephine’s at the Grande is a great lunch place with really good crepes.
As some other reviewers have said, there are cats around the resort. This was one thing that I was worried about because I don’t like cats and would be grossed out if they were near my food. But, my worries were quickly wiped away once I actually saw the cats. There aren’t that many and they don’t sit around begging for food. Some of the other posts about the cats seemed extremely exaggerated and I was glad that they weren’t as bad as I expected.
The entertainment in the evening is so-so. We spent quite a bit of nights at the Cricketers Pub since the music in the Pavillion at night was always really loud so we couldn’t even talk to each other. The street party and the beach party had the best entertainment of the time we were there, but there are some good bands that they bring in. They also had a casino night on Thursdays. During the day, there are ‘play makers’ who lead the activities by the pool like pool volleyball, bingo, olympics and other games if you’re interested in doing things instead of just laying in a chair all day.
We went on the following tours: Zip lining (highly recommended), Snuba (I personally didn’t like it but my husband did), Land & Sea Tour (not the Joe Knows. it was a lot of land and only a little sea, but very informative and we saw the entire island) and a sunset cruise (recommend). We booked all of these through the Sandals website and it was a really easy and smooth process.
The staff at the resort was always friendly and enthusiastic. The pace of the island is definitely slower than that of the US. Sometimes it would take 5 minutes or so for a waiter to bring us our water or take our order. The saying of the island is ‘No pressure, no problem.’ They just do things at a slower pace there and it doesn’t mean that they’re doing a bad job of serving you. They’re people too and don’t deserve to be treated like they’re you’re servants just because they work at the resort, so cut them some slack. They aren’t going to change their cultural ways to make us hurried Americans feel better.
Since we were on our honeymoon, we got a free bottle of champagne and a free breakfast in bed which was nice.
Based on what we saw at the other resorts, we felt that the Regency was the most lively and ‘honeymooner’ resort. We went to the Grande once and spent the whole day there and it had a similar vibe to the Regency. We only went to the Halcyon for dinner one night, but it was definitely a lot quieter and smaller than the Regency and Grande. The Regency also had two of the three restaurants that you need reservations at so we had a lot of people from the Grande and Halcyon come over to eat at them. The hotel provides shuttles between all the resorts. From the Regency, it takes about 15 minutes to get to the Halcyon and 30 to get to the Grande. The only downside is that the first shuttle to the Grande doesn’t leave the Regency until 10:00 am.
The hotel offers a lot of water sports for free like hobie cats, sea kayaks and water trikes. We took advantage of these and had a lot of fun using them!
The beach at the Regency has really nice, soft sand and the water is great. The Grande’s beach is a little rockier, but they have rafts out in the water that you can lay on which were nice. It rained a little bit every day, but it was usually light and for 10-15 minutes max before it would go back to being hot and sunny. The rain was usually a nice cool down since it was so hot all the time!
The main pool is where all the action is, but you can’t see the sunset from there. If you want to see the sunsets, make sure to go to the pool at the top of the hill near Armando’s. We saw some beautiful sunsets up there!
All in all, I would highly recommend the Sandals Regency. It was clean, the food was great, the staff was friendly and accommodating, the entertainment was good for the most part and the weather on the island is wonderful. Our honeymoon was the best trip of our lives and Sandals has a lot to do with it!
I hope that helps anyone that might be going there for their honeymoon too!